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  • Birthday 08/05/1975

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  1. Grassie

    Quitting, Why, When & How

    1st band: We became very popular very quickly and it soon became apparent that we were gigging so much we didn't have time for rehearsing new songs. When the singer and drummer (who were an item) decided they wanted to go out as an acoustic duo with the drummer playing guitar, the rest of us questioned how this was possible when they couldn't find time for new songs with our full band. Cue massive argument outside a venue on a Sunday night and dummies spat all round. I still regret it to this day. Band 2: Played with this lot for around 7 years, great bunch of guys, we played rock covers but the singer and lead guitarist wanted to do originals and push it to the point of getting into a studio and trying to get "famous". We managed to come up with two original songs which were absolute dog 5h1t and used to go down like a knackered lift when we played them in front of an audience. I've never wanted to write original songs within a band setting and have always enjoyed playing covers, so this push to become something we were incapable of was the tipping point for me, along with the increasing ego of the singer. Band 3: Rock covers again, very busy but the singer/guitarist had various issues including turning up late for gigs and leaving the rest of us to set up his PA system while he tuned his arsenal of guitars, changing guitars for nearly every song which would kill any momentum we had managed to build up with an audience - they would go and sit down while he checked his tuning on his newly chosen instrument, and his inability to recognise the fact that his volume knob on his amp could actually be turned anti clockwise. Incredibly loud and the reason we lost a couple of venues because of the volume. 3 years of this and I was done, and so was my hearing. Band 4: An originals band (yes, I know what i said about band 2...) but these guys were serious and the songs were already written, I was replacing their previous bassist who had "commitment issues", I was told there was gigs coming up plus recording sessions at the singer's studio (which was an apple Mac set up in his bedroom). The gigs booked were all weekday evening gigs, unpaid and unattended. I was getting pushed to commit to gigs at the last minute when my day job were in the middle of changing my shift pattern so I couldn't say yes to anything until that was sorted. I sensed the leader was getting frustrated so I suggested that they would be better off finding someone who could commit the time and effort required. My name was swiftly (within the hour) removed from all social media pages, ads etc. and they got the guy I replaced back in. Currently with two bands; one is a function style group playing regular pub and function gigs, quite eclectic and very good musicians. Good fun. The other is a jazz style band playing some standards and pop-jazz (think Caro Emerald) but this one is all rehearsals and no gigs apart from two paid ones that I organised, and some freebie parties. This one might be coming to an end for me, as no-one else seems that bothered about playing regular gigs. I had a message last week about joining a new britpop covers band, which I'm considering.... 😁
  2. Grassie

    We Love Playing There

    The Anchor, Cowes, Isle of Wight. Always busy, always a great crowd, always up for it. And they pay better than most...😉
  3. It's a nice one for sure but I'm not after another sunburst, cheers though.
  4. Looking to replace with a P bass.... 😊
  5. Grassie

    Favrite bass solo?

    Yep. A lot of people (bassists included) think he's just a one trick slap pony, but his finger style playing is sublime. Check out their True Colours album - the tracks "Seven Days" and "A Floating Life", which boasts an immense groove in the middle section. I love his playing. 😊
  6. Grassie

    Favrite bass solo?

    Is this a bass solo? Maybe. You decide... 😊
  7. Grassie

    We Don't Play There Anymore

    The W******y. When the owner says he can only pay you with burger and chips you know that it's time to say no thanks.
  8. Grassie

    What are you listening to right now?

    Alice In Chains. All of it.
  9. Some lovely stuff in Basses For Sale, not doing my GAS any good though... 😁

    1. alyctes


      Tell me about it :D

    2. Marc S

      Marc S

      Your GAS?? - It's probably not as bad as MY GAS though ;)

  10. I've just discovered The War On Drugs (I know...) Not been moved by music in this way for years. Beautiful.

  11. This one is coming in at just under 5kg by my scales.
  12. ***FINAL PRICE DROP NOW £320*** Sire Marcus Miller V7 4 string jazz bass. Vintage sunburst finish, maple neck, rosewood board with block pearl inlays, 18v active pre-amp (bass, treble, sweepable mids), pickup blend, master volume with stacked tone control, active/passive toggle switch (very handy), through-body stringing option, chrome pickup cover (which has been fitted, so there are screw holes...). Pretty sure everyone knows how great these basses are, and excellent quality for the money, comes with a case (one of those that isn't hard shell but is sturdier than a gig bag). Has been gigged (but not a lot), in excellent condition, I would prefer collection from the Isle of Wight or any of it's ferry ports (Portsmouth/Southampton/Lymington/Southsea) or I can (reluctantly) post at buyers expense. ***PRICE DROP NOW £320***
  13. Big time Precision GAS, but the Sire V7 needs to go first...😁

    1. Marc S

      Marc S

      Ah, I'm not the only one who gets GAS before selling something then ;)

  14. Grassie

    And SOLD! Very Nice Bitsa P Bass. Quality Build

    I'd love this but I'll need to see my Sire V7 off first. Good luck with the sale. 😊